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NH College Sports Roundup: Dartmouth's D'Agostino wins national cross country crown

November 23. 2013 10:04PM
Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth wins the women's race in 20:00 at the LaVern Gibson championship course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — National Champion: Abbey D'Agostino.

That has become a familiar phrase in 2013. On Saturday, the Dartmouth senior finally won the one title that has eluded her during her collegiate career, winning the 2013 NCAA Cross Country National Championship on the LaVern Gibson 6K Course in 20 minutes, 0.3 seconds.

The win gives D'Agostino five national championships in her career between cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons, the most individual titles ever by an Ivy League student-athlete in any sport dating back to 1883.

The now 10-time All-American from Topsfield, Mass. had finished as the runner-up in 2012 and the third-place individual in 2011 by a combined 2.4 seconds. With the victory, D'Agostino has delivered the Ivy League its first-ever cross country champion on either the men's or the women's side.

Dartmouth claimed 16th overall with 369 points, the best finish by any of the three Ivy League teams competing on Saturday.

The Dartmouth men's team finished 24th overall in the men's championship. Will Geoghegan paced Dartmouth with a 14th-place individual finish, good for All-America honors.

Women's Volleyball

UNH 3, UMBC 2:
Senior Morgan Thatcher had 22 kills to lead the No. 1 seed New Hampshire to the America East volleyball championship with a 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 15-9 win over No. 2 UMBC on Saturday in Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham. The victory gave UNH the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Thatcher's 22 kills were the most in a league title match since 2005.

Men's ice hockey

The UNH men's hockey team split a weekend series at Providence, losing by a 4-2 score Saturday night after earning a 3-2 overtime win on Friday. The Wildcats are now 7-6-1 overall and 5-3-0 in Hockey East.

Cross country

The Franklin Pierce University men's cross country team placed 25th out of 32 teams Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Championship race at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash. The Ravens were the highest finishing East Region team at the national championship event. Sophomore Colton Ham of Webster was the highest finisher for the Ravens, as he placed 112th out of 246 competitors in a time of 32:28.40.

Women's basketball

St. Anselm 68, Assumption 65:
Seniors Tori Lehr and Allie Jones each scored 17 points, while freshman Candace Andrews added a career-high 16 and knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer to lift Saint Anselm to a 68-65 overtime victory against Assumption College Saturday. The Hawks, who had not defeated Assumption in its home gym since 2002, improved to 4-2 overall, 1-2 in Northeast-10 play.

SNHU 53, Saint Michael's 47: Sophomore Bianca Langford had a career-high 14 points to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 53-47 Northeast-10 women's basketball victory over Saint Michael's College Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse. It was SNHU's fourth straight win.

Bentley 81, Stonehill 62: Junior Christiana Bakolas, a Manchester Central graduate, scored a career high 17 points and 9 rebounds as host Bentley University, the number one-ranked team in the USA TODAY Sports/WBCA Division II poll, pulled away in the second half for an 81-62 win over No. 7 Stonehill Saturday.

Daniel Webster 61, MCLA 57: Trailing by 11 points with 10 minutes to go in the second half, the Daniel Webster women's basketball team rallied to post a 61-57 victory over Mass. College of Liberal Arts Saturday in Nashua. Ashley Giampetruzzi of Manchester added 11 points for Daniel Webster, including two key layups during the late comeback.

Men's basketball

Rivier 86, Endicott 83:
Tied at 83 with 1.4 seconds left, Rivier junior Jake Nelson hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Raiders an 86-83 win over Endicott College to capture the Rivier University/Coca-Cola Tip Off Tournament Championship. Senior Tom Poitras of Bow recorded his second straight 20 point game for Rivier.

St. Anselm 105, Assumption 86: Mike McCahey scored 22 points and pulled in 10 rebounds to lead St. Anselm to a victory over host Assumption in Northeast-10 Conference action. St. Anselm improved to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the conference.

SNHU 69, Saint Michael's 66: Senior Mike Stys, a Manchester Central graduate from Hooksett, and sophomore Rodney Sanders each finished with 21 points as Southern New Hampshire University defeated Saint Michael's College 69-66 in Northeast-10 men's basketball Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen upped their record to 3-2 and 1-2 in the NE-10.The 21 points marked a career high for Stys.

Plymouth St. 87, Lyndon St. 84: The Plymouth State University men's basketball team used a balanced attack to capture its home opener Saturday afternoon, outlasting Lyndon State College in overtime, 87-84, in Plymouth. Junior Alex Burt of Dover led the Panthers in the scoring department, dropping in 20 points, while Freshman Curtis Arsenault of Berlin and Phillips Exeter, scored 17.

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